Thursday, April 24, 2014

Chef Tim Moody Reflects on His First Two Months at Husk

Posted by on Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 10:24 AM

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It's been about six weeks since Chef Tim Moody took over the chef de cuisine position at Husk after the rather sudden departure of opening chef Morgan McGlone, who has been working at Rumours 12th & Division location of late after taking a little time for some world traveling.

Moody was able to hit the ground running after several years working as Sean Brock's sous chef at McCrady's in Charleston. "When I arrived here in Nashville, everyone was already very set in their procedures," shares Moody. "I was able to just observe for a while with Sean and then jump right in." Moody was already at McCrady's when Brock arrived from the Capitol Grille in Nashville, and the two chefs worked the kitchen together while Brock was breaking ground with his experiments in molecular gastronomy. After a total of 7-and-a-half years at McCrady's, Moody made the decision to move to Manhattan just as the original Husk restaurant began construction.

Moody took a gig with chef George Mendes at his restaurant Aldea, a modern interpretation of seasonal Iberian cuisine that was exciting to the new sous. "Sean and George are very similar in style, but the ingredients and menu were driven toward Spain and Portugal. I learned a lot working at Aldea."

After three years working with Mendes, Moody (who's originally from Asheville, N.C.) decided he wanted to return to the South. "Between going to culinary school at Johnson and Wales and working at McCrady's, I had spent 10 years in Charleston. I reached out to Sean when he was visiting in New York City, but at the time there wasn't an opening at either Husk." When the position opened up, Moody jumped at the opportunity.

"I had never really experienced Nashville, but I sure had heard a lot about the restaurant scene in town. It's been a blast to discover a new place while getting to work with Sean again."

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Embrace the Funk with Yazoo Brewing

Posted by on Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 7:38 AM

What Would Bootsy Drink? Whatever it is, its GOT to be funky!
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When it comes to beer, or booty-shakin', a little funk is a good thing. "Funk" is a term used to describe sour beers, which have been quite the craze of late. Unlike traditional brewing processes where the environment is kept hygienically clean to ensure that local yeasts in the air don't get into the mix instead of the desired brewing yeasts, sour beers intentionally introduce wild yeast strains into the tanks. The result is a tangy, acidic beer that is unlike any other brew you've ever tried. Belgians have been practicing these methods for centuries, and their lambics are quite sought-after.

Yazoo Brewing will be hosting the second annual Embrace the Funk Fest on Sunday, May 4, from 2-5 p.m. at the brewery at 910 Division St. According to the official invitation:

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Generous Helpings Returns to the Nashville Farmers’ Market May 15

Posted by on Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 6:23 AM

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Generous Helpings — one of my favorite food and wine tasting events of the year — is returning to the Nashville Farmers’ Market on Thursday, May 15 at 6 p.m. This event is the big fundraiser organized by Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee to benefit Middle Tennessee’s Table, the prepared and perishable food rescue program. There's always a great lineup; this year more than 30 great restaurants are participating.

Tickets are $50 per person in advance and $60 at the door, but I suggest buying in advance and getting to the event as early as possible to get all the good stuff and a glass of wine before the crowds arrive.

Another tip: Enter a contest to win tickets! A number of local food bloggers are hosting giveaways in the next couple of weeks. Check out the blogs Eat.Drink.Smile, Fearless Homemaker, Lannae’s Food and Travel, Lesley Eats (that’s me!), Local Forkful, and Spinach Tiger for your chance to win tickets to the event.

Participating restaurants this year include:

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Party Fowl, a Bar and Hot Chicken Joint, Set to Open in the Gulch in August

Posted by on Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 4:05 PM

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The team behind 360 Bistro is staking out a spot at the edge of the Gulch to open a bar and restaurant specializing in Southern fried chicken and Nashville-style hot chicken.

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is expected to open in August at 719 Eighth Ave. S., at the intersection of Eighth Avenue South and Division Street.

It's the former site of Fish & Grits and later Mac's Cafe, though there is significant rebuilding going on: The restaurant announcement touts 4,000 square feet of "convertible open-air dining with garage doors on all sides" with seating for approximately 145 people.

Austin Smith and Nick Jacobson are the co-owners of Party Fowl, something of a departure from their fine-dining spot 360 Bistro (located on the west side, at the Highway 70/100 split), though both restaurants have a wine component: Party Fowl will serve 50 wines by the glass, along with a menu of cocktails and local beer on tap.

In addition to the fried chicken, there will be a smoker on the premises producing smoked chicken and wings. The kitchen will be open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and the announcement promises the bar will serve a late-night menu until last call.

Note to TV avoiders: "There will be wall to wall televisions for sports enthusiasts and late summer SEC and NFL football kickoffs."

Watch for updates on the Party Fowl Nashville page on Facebook.

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Union Common Steakhouse Coming to Broadway and Division

Posted by on Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 3:03 PM

A design rendering of the planned Union Common steakhouse.
  • A design rendering of the planned Union Common steakhouse.
A fine-dining restaurant group out of Louisville, Ky., is opening a steakhouse in the Midtown lot that formerly housed the Great Escape comic book store, with former Nashville chef Bobby Benjamin at the helm.

Union Common will be a "125-seat social concept steakhouse," focusing on shared plates for group dining, restaurant company DC Management announced today.

The address, 1929 Broadway, includes the triangular lot where Broadway and Division split. It's next door to Two Boots Pizza, which also fills former Great Escape space. (It's a very restaurant-dense part of Midtown, close to Noshville, The Slider House and Soulshine Pizza, among others.)

DC Management is best-known for two popular Louisville restaurants: the French-inspired La Coop: Bistro à Vins, and Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse. The team includes Steven and Michael Ton, master sommelier Brett Davis (a frequent visitor to Nashville) and attorney Chip Hamm, along with Benjamin.

Benjamin is a veteran chef who has done stints in several notable kitchens, including Nashville's Capitol Grille, where he worked under Sean Brock (later of Husk), and Flyte World Dining and Wine. (He was a memorable competitor in the first installment the Scene's Iron Fork event in 2008, and was known for dazzling experiments in liquid nitrogen.)

Later Benjamin left Nashville to work at the Oakroom at the Seelbach Hotel in Louisville, then the two aforementioned DC Management restaurants.

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Nashville Wine & Food Festival Tickets Now on Sale

Posted by on Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 7:46 AM

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Wait a minute, didn't Dana Kopp Franklin just write about this? Nope, that's the Music City Food + Wine Festival. A new event, the Nashville Wine & Food Festival is the brainchild of the folks at Midtown Wine and Spirits, who also curate the excellent Nashville Whiskey Festival. Let the season of confusion begin, as I imagine we'll be talking a lot about both events on this site.

Let's see if we can come up with some easy ways to differentiate them. The best I've come with for me personally is that the Music City Food + Wine Festival (The Festival Formerly Known as Music City Eats) is the one organized by the Kings of Leon. So it has a musical component, thus "Music City" is the mnemonic key. (Alternately, we could use a Prince-like name like TFFKAMCE, but that would get tiresome and awkward quickly.) So here's my memory tip: Music City = Kings of Leon, and Nashville = Midtown.

The Nashville Wine & Food Festival is happening sooner (June instead of September), and tickets are already on sale. It' set for noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at Riverfront Park, and will feature wines from around the country, poured alongside dishes from some of Nashville's best restaurants. There will be a Food Village along with a Beer Garden and spirits tastings. There will also be musical stages showcasing The Wheeler Sisters, Kindred Roots, Suzie Brown and Peter Erikson. (Oops, that's music — there goes that easy point of differentiation.)

Proceeds will benefit two local nonprofits, Team Hunt and Hospital Hospitality House of Nashville.

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Food Trucks Take Over the Nashville Farmers’ Market on Saturday

Posted by on Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 6:17 AM

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This Saturday, Nashville’s food trucks are taking over the Nashville Farmers’ Market. It's a full day of fun, starting bright and early at 6 a.m. with a viewing party for the St. Jude Country Music Marathon, followed by a Nashville Food Truck Association market takeover, from noon to 6 p.m. Later on, the first Riffs Food Truck Jam of the season kicks off next to the market with live music as well as food.

The marathon and half marathon courses go right past the market on Rosa Parks Boulevard, which is Mile Marker 11 on the course, so you'll be able to see all the runners, the fastest of whom will probably run by as early as 7:45 a.m. The viewing party lasts until 11 a.m. and will include food truck fare and beer, wine and nonalcoholic drinks for purchase and is free and open to all ages. There will be live music and an appearance by Mayor Karl Dean as well.

VIP tickets are available for $50 per person and include a brunch catered by Riffs Fine Street Food, two drink tickets, and a dedicated seated marathon viewing and cheering area. Take note: If you want to park at the market, you'll need to arrive before 6 a.m. because Rosa Park Boulevard will be closed starting at that time. Any time after that, you'll need to park and walk or bike over to the market to join in the viewing party. Marathon road closure information can be found on the marathon's website.

Starting at noon (when Rosa Parks Boulevard is scheduled to reopen for automobile traffic), the real “Market Takeover” begins, as more than 15 Nashville Food Truck Association trucks showcase their skills and the great food available at the Nashville Farmers’ Market. There will be more live music, beverages for purchase, and seasonal menu items from the following trucks:

Riffs Fine Street Food, Smoke Et Al, Grilled Cheeserie, Jonbalaya, Music City Pie Co, Retro Sno, Delta Bound, Bacon Nation, Two Guys in a Lunch Box, Hoss’ Loaded Burgers, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Hip Sweet Subs, Smoothie King and Julia’s Bakery.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

It's Almost Julep Time in Tennessee — and Kentucky

Posted by on Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 8:03 AM

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This post is about conspicuous consumption. Between the upcoming Kentucky Derby on May 3 and the Iroquois Steeplechase a week later, I'll wager that quite a few Nashvillians will be digging their most fabulous clothing out of the closet and preparing to consume mass quantities of bourbon, sugar and mint in the form of the ubiquitous mint julep cocktail.

Woodford Reserve is the official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby, which is kind of like being the official water of the Pacific Ocean ... it's a big deal. In honor of their affiliation with the derby, they are again offering the "$1,000 Mint Julep" to well-heeled patrons to raise money to benefit Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center. The Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep program has raised $384,000 for horse and humanitarian charities since its inception in 2006.

So what do you (well, more likely a Kardashian) get for a cool grand? A custom-engraved, gold-plated trophy cups will be filled with hand-crafted ingredients with a rose theme, including rosewater and muddled rose petals, and presented inside a box made from bourbon barrel staves and lined with Vineyard Vines fabric. The rose theme is actually quite appropriate, since the derby is know as "The Run for the Roses," and the word "julep" is derived from the Persian word "gulab," which means rosewater. In honor of the 89th derby, Woodford will only be offering 79 of these high-end $1,000 beauties plus 10 more at $2,000, which includes a gold-plated cup with a sterling silver medallion. (Y'know, in case you want to make Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari look like cheapskates.)

For the rest of us, Woodford's sister brand Old Forrester will be providing the kick in the standard $8 juleps that will be sold at Churchill Downs, and they sell a bunch of them. On average, derby patrons consume 127,000 juleps on race day requiring 2 tons of mint!

Even if you won't be heading north for Derby Day, you can re-create the experience at home for your own viewing party or at your Steeplechase tailgater. Woodford has provided the recipes for their $1,000 julep and several other variations that can jazz up your fete. Even more entertaining is the idea of setting up a julep bar for your guests to create their own versions of the classic cocktail. Set one of these up on the tailgate of your Steeplechase vehicle (no glass, please!), and you'll be the most popular spot in the Stirrup Club.

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Vegan Finger Foods Features Party Bites Everyone Will Love

Posted by on Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 6:03 AM

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Recently, some folks involved with the Iroquois Steeplechase asked me if I’d contribute some ideas for vegetarian and vegan tailgating foods on their blog. I actually get asked about tailgating and party recipes a lot. Veg*n recipes are great for any kind of party, but particularly for outdoors events, because most meat-free recipes are much less susceptible to spoilage than ones with meat in them. Not that I’d eat an egg salad that’s been sitting out in the heat for two hours, but a cucumber finger sandwich? Sure.

Anyhoo, check out the recipes I shared (my own as well as recipes from some other bloggers). If this kind of thing interests you, there’s also a great new book that has more than a hundred party food recipes that are all vegan. Vegan Finger Foods by Celine Steen and Tami Noyes features recipes inspired by cuisine from all over the world. There’s pub-style food such as chipotle almonds, barbecue jackfruit, and nacho potato skins, as well as Ethiopian sambusas, salsas, “egg-less” rolls, falafel fritters, meatless balls, and Jamaican jerk tempeh skewers. There’s something to please anyone and everyone. And of course, there's an entire chapter devoted to bite-size sweet treats.

Like any good vegan cookbook, Vegan Finger Foods has helpful information on ingredients, how to make substitutions, and other tips. There’s also a nifty “Menu Suggestions” section to help you plan themed evenings or prepare foods appropriate for the nature of your shindig. Vegan Finger Foods is available in bookstores and on Amazon.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Support Nashville CARES at Dining Out for Life, Tomorrow!

Posted by on Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 2:27 PM

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The Nashville edition of Dining Out for Life takes place tomorrow (Tuesday, April 22) at a variety of restaurants throughout the city. Participating establishments donate a portion of their proceeds for the day to Nashville CARES, which provides services to Middle Tennesseans infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as AIDS prevention education.

Several folks affiliated with the Scene and our sister publications will be hosting meals for the event.

Here's the list:

Lunch:

Marché — Elizabeth Jones and Jack Silverman (aka me!) on behalf of Nashville Scene
Epice — Abby White and Maggie Bond on behalf of Nfocus
Husk — Chris Ferrell and Heather Cantrell on behalf of Nashville Post
Provence (downtown) — Chris Chamberlain, Bites contributor

Dinner:

Lockeland Table — SouthComm chief marketing officer Susan Torregrossa and Scene publisher Mike Smith
Tin Angel — Chris Chamberlain

Come join us! And here's a complete list of participating restaurants.

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